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January 29, 2014

Henderson three leads Chicks to win; Minco tops Alex

Adam Troxtell
The Express-Star

GRADY COUNTY —

Freshman Brock Henderson's three pointer beat the buzzer in Elgin Tuesday night and gave the Chickasha boys a 56-53 win.

Henderson hit the game winner after the Fightin' Chicks took timeout to draw up a play, but head coach Nathan Pennypacker said it came as a bit of an accident.

"As crazy as it sounds, they didn't do it exactly right," Pennypacker said. "He ran to the block, but I guess he didn't feel totally comfortable there. So, he just took a few more steps."

The win comes after Chickasha went through a rough time at the Anadarko tournament. This is the second time this season the Fightin' Chicks have played Elgin, and that time Henderson pulled down a double-double.

"Overall, we did alright," Pennypacker said, noting he would have liked to see his team play better defensively. "It was good for them. We needed that win."

Pennypacker was pleased with the play of forward Levi Kel, who pulled down a season-high 17 points and 10 rebounds against Elgin. Cole Young hauled in 15 rebounds.

A fourth quarter surge from Elgin took them to a 59-42 win over Chickasha girls on Tuesday.

The Lady Eagles scored 26 points in the fourth quarter after Chickasha had tied the game up exiting the third. Sophomore Dominique Golightly led the Lady Chicks with 17 points, but fouled out in the fourth quarter, which hampered the comeback effort.

"We just didn't manage the game in the fourth quarter," head coach Christy Edelen said.

The last time these two teams met in Chickasha, Elgin's Jentry Holt proved difficult to handle. This time around the Lady Chicks managed to hold her to just five field goals, but her time at the free throw line took her to 23 points.

Defensively, Chickasha did improve against the Lady Eagles, emphasized by sophomore Taylor Sylvester's 10 blocks in the game. That helped keep things close, and Chickasha actually outscored Elgin in both the second and third quarters. Jacklyn Ramos's five points at the end of the third knotted the game at 33-33.

Elsewhere in the county, the Alex boys won the Grady County Tournament final that never was, beating Minco 59-45 away from home. The Longhorns were the top seed in the tournament that took place last week, but were upset by fourth-seed Oklahoma Christian. The Bulldogs, as the second-seed, ended up winning the tournament.

The Minco girls won their game against Alex 44-41. Rush Springs girls beat Marlow Central 55-21. Jacy Cullers scored 18 points for the Lady Redskins, while freshman Jordan Brooks put in 14 points.

The Rush Springs boys lost to Central 70-50.